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Real-life fighter pilot shares thoughts on Ace Combat 7

By Cal Jeffrey · 7 replies
Feb 7, 2019
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  1. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has been out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 since January 18, but it only released on PC last Friday. So far it has gathered some decent reviews and holds a respectable TechSpot Metascore of 81.

    To celebrate the PC launch, Bandai Namco gave a real fighter pilot, Pierre-Henri Chuet the game to get his reactions (below). To be clear, Ace Combat does not pretend to be a realistic flight simulator, but Chuet still seemed to be impressed.

    He felt the cockpit of the Dassault Rafale M, which is the jet he flew in the French Navy, was accurately depicted in Ace Combat 7.

    “It’s a good sensation to be able to fly the aircraft I flew,” said Chuet about the Rafale.

    While some reviewers have complained that mission objectives are not explained well enough, Chuet has a contrary opinion. He says the briefings are long and detailed, so you know what to do. He says this is very much how it is in a real mission briefing.

    “The briefs [in the game] are rather long. You have to understand that in real life the briefings can last between 25 minutes up to an hour. Every time you step inside the aircraft you have a specific mission to accomplish, you don’t just fly around for fun, so stepping into the aircraft with a mission in mind, with an objective, is something that is extremely realistic.”

    He also liked the weather system. Raindrops can collect on the canopy, which allows you to play a game that fighter pilots play in real life called “cloud surfing.” Cloud surfing is when you fly as close to a cloud as you can. If you get too close, droplets will appear on the glass, and you lose.

    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is now available for PC on Steam. It is sounding pretty solid review-wise and having an endorsement from a real pilot was a smart marketing move by Bandai Namco.

    I have not played Ace Combat since Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War. Now, I feel like it’s time to jump in that cockpit again.

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,147   +1,315

    I played Ace Combat 6 when it came out and I loved it. The last mission with a big rail gun was interesting to say the least, but overall it was great game. Wing Arms for Saturn FTW.
  3. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,007   +732

    I don't want a game like Ace Combat 7.

    I want a new JANES USAF.

    I still have my Saitek joystick, rudder pedals and throttle HOTAS.

    But despite owning a monster Corei9ex with RTX2080Ti and 32GB of RAM... I have no flight sims to play like I did back in early 2000 on my Pentium 3 450MHZ with Voodoo 3 3000.
    Stark, CorvusCorax and goldsnake like this.
  4. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +59

    Flying airplanes in a third-person view is pathetic. Looks like a third rate arcade game.
    QuantumPhysics likes this.
  5. Xtreme gamer

    Xtreme gamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +19

    You can change to Cockpit view, but you cant see much. It just annoyed me.
  6. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Guru Posts: 145   +327

    Jane's WWII Fighters was a great game, remember playing that on my 3DFX rig back 2000...
  7. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 355   +237

    Or even something like the old Chuck Yeager game, where you not only had a mix of WW2, Korean War, & Vietnam War-based scenario missions, but you could customize quick-action ones (nothing like trying to shoot down waves of B-29s with your F-4 Phantom II)...
  8. esseff1

    esseff1 TS Rookie

    What on earth are you talking about? There's numerous immersive flight sims out, XPlane, Microsoft Flight Sim, ACES High, IL-2 Sturmovik, DCS, etc.

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